Program Overview

Launch a bright career with the latest industry knowledge and technology. Our associate degree in Electrical Technology is more than typical electrical apprenticing and “journeyman electrical” training programs.

Here, you’ll learn the science of electricity across a wide variety of industrial applications that will set you apart from the competition. This will allow you to pursue a much wider range of fast-evolving career options such as industrial and manufacturing automation, among many other opportunities.

The curriculum integrates electrical theory and hands-on application. You’ll receive practical training in our leading-edge industry labs taught by experts in the field. This will give you not only the skills to wire and install electrical systems and apparatus, but also the mathematical and practical knowledge to support, explain, and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects.

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Full Description

The Electrical Technology degree program trains students for entry-level careers in the electrical industry. Some of the diverse careers open to graduates are construction electricians, maintenance electricians, power system technicians, electrical relay technicians, electrical research technicians, electrical distribution sales, electro-mechanical technicians, electrical technical support, and as an entry level controls engineer.

The curriculum integrates electrical theory and practical application to give students not only the manual skills to wire and install electrical systems and apparatus, but also the mathematical and practical knowledge to support, explain and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects. Computer programs are integrated into the coursework to allow for practice of circuit calculations, to create working models that simulate real circuit conditions and to support classroom lectures and demonstrations. Of equal importance is the thorough study of the safety rules, protocols, and procedures laid out in the National, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Electrical Codes as well as the OSHA standards for the construction and general industries.  Laboratory projects, ranging from elementary breadboard experiments to advanced PLC ladder logic control circuits, provide hands-on experience to develop wiring techniques and to simulate actual job conditions in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Electrical Technology, the graduate is qualified to seek employment in entry-level careers in the electrical industry and are qualified to work as an apprentice electrician or technician. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program.

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Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The mission of the Electrical Technology Program (ELY) is to provide a specialized associate degree program to prepare students for entry-level technical careers in diverse electrical, electro-mechanical, technical support, and electrical controls fields. ELY students will develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and appropriate use of construction tools through practical experience in the wiring and troubleshooting of a wide variety of electrical projects. Students will study and learn a background of electrical science, mastery of fundamental mathematical principles, and the knowledge of safety rules and procedures laid out in the National Electrical Code, enabling them to perform the duties of an apprentice electrician or entry-level technician. Graduates will attain a basic foundation of knowledge and skills that an employer can build upon with continuing education.

Program Goals

  1. The ELY program will provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills and attitude necessary to function as an entry-level electrical technician or electrical apprentice.
  2. ELY students who are entering a State-run electrical apprenticeship program: a) Will acquire the necessary skills for transfer into a State program and b) May meet, contingent on applicable law and regulation, some of the requirements (which vary from state to state) necessary to qualify for state electrical journey electrician licensing exams. Continuing education is a component of most electrical apprentice programs.
  3. The ELY program will instill in the student a sense of commitment to the electrical industry’s core values and ethics.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and analyze fundamental principles of electrical circuitry and processes.
  2. Identify, define, and analyze electrical industry materials, tools and equipment
  3. Research, interpret, and apply electrical industry standards for installation criteria and safety considerations.
  4. Function independently and/or interdependently as a team member to accomplish the following: install, maintain and troubleshoot residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications using correct technical terminology with supervisors, co-workers, clients, and suppliers.
  6. Perform tasks and duties in a “safe and workmanlike manner” with regards to legal obligations applicable to the electrical industry.
  7. Demonstrate attitudes, values, and behaviors congruent with electrical industry standards and ethics.

Courses Offered

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.